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<p>I know the prisoner at the bar by sight, on the thirteenth of August, a quarter before six in the morning, I met the prisoners in
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17830910-42-off245 t17830910-42-crimeloc247"/>, and they asked me for a penny, and they followed me, and one of them stopped me, while the other put her hand in my pocket, they took away from me half a crown and seven farthings, and one snatched the pattens out of my hand, I took them about six the corner of Tower-street, Saint Giles's, the prisoners were the same people that robbed me.</p>
<p>Did you immediately follow them? - No, a man was coming by, and I begged him to save me.</p>
<p>Which of them held you, and which of them took the money from you? - I cannot positively say I was so frightened, but one of them held me, and the other put her hand in my pocket.</p>
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<p>About a quarter before six, on the thirteenth of last month, I was going to my work at a coach-maker's in Saint Martin's-lane, and I saw the woman that was robbed at a little distance before me, it was the corner of Tower-street, the prisoner Jones laid hold of this woman, and the other came across the way from Castle-street to Tower-street, and immediately seized hold of her, and the prisoner Farmer put her hand into her right-hand pocket, and took out a half crown piece, a penny in halfpence, and three farthings in farthings.</p>
<p>Was you near enough to see what money there was? - Yes.</p>
<p>How near? - I suppose about two yards distance, and she snatched a pair of pattens out of her hand, and swore directly that if she offered to resist in any manner, that she would split her skull open with these pattens, I immediately stepped upon the kirb stones, and I saved the blow, and some people standing by they said they ought to go to the watch-house, they went from the corner of Tower-street to the end of Lombard-court, and I myself and two more men went and fetched them back to the corner of Tower-street, where they had robbed this woman, and we were going to take them to the watch-house, and as soon as they found that we were going to take them to the watch-house,
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<interp inst="t17830910-42-person548" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> threw down the half crown and the halfpence on the stones, and the pattens, the woman was going to pick up the money, and I told her not to touch it.</p>
<p>Court. Why so? - Because I thought as she had robbed her, she had no business with it.</p>
<p>Who took it then? -
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<p>PRISONER JONES's DEFENCE.</p>
<p>We were drinking at Mr. Russel's, we are all unfortunate women, the prosecutrix and we two were drinking in the morning, she had not a farthing to pay her reckoning, I changed a shilling to pay for it, and I fell asleep, and while I was asleep this fellow prisoner and the prosecutrix were gone, and my pocket was picked, I saw them at Tower-street and the other witness, the last witness keeps company with the prosecutrix; when the mob was gone, then he and another took us to the Round-house, we were all in liquor.</p>
<p>Court to
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<interp inst="t17830910-42-person550" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . Did you know the women before? - To my knowledge, I never saw them before, I met them in Drury-lane, I was going to Mr. Hughs's in the Strand, I was coming from Grosvenor-square, I live in Grosvenor-square, I am out of place.</p>
<p>Where had you been all the night? - I was where I live at Mr. Bateman's, in James-street, Grosvenor-square; I am generally up early, I was going down to be employed at Mr. Hughs's in the Strand.</p>
<p>Jury. Is Drury-lane in your way? - I went a cross Covent-garden.</p>
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<p>Where do you live? - I live in James-street, Grosvenor-square with my mother, she is a calenderer.</p>
<p>On this 13th day of August was the prosecutrix at your house? - She was.</p>
<p>Had she slept in your house the night before? - She had.</p>
<p>What time did she leave your house? - About five in the morning I think to the best of my knowledge, I was not up myself, I am sure she was there, she is always at our house when she is out of place, she was at home all night.</p>
<p>What was the last time you saw her in your house? - I saw her about five in the morning, when she got up she came into my room.</p>
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<p>Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice ASHURST.</p> </div1></div0>
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